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Children and adolescents face unique emotional and behavioral challenges they may not be equipped to process. When social-emotional learning (SEL) skills become a part of the art classroom, not only are students empowered to share their thoughts and feelings, they also become better able to listen and respond to those of their peers. Because of this important learning, art teachers must carefully consider and reflect upon not only what they teach but how they teach.
In this course, you will dive into the realm of SEL. Learn new modalities to increase students’ self-esteem and sense of community by developing a multi-faceted toolkit to promote SEL frameworks in the art classroom. Demonstrate your understanding of the social-emotional, cultural, and artistic development of children and adolescents while designing curricula that combine SEL competencies with creative experiences.
For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog. Required Materials
Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
Internet access (broadband recommended)
Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements )
Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month.
3 Graduate Credits
Upcoming Course Run Dates
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Improve student self-esteem and sense of community through curricula grounded in social-emotional learning research, practice, and theory for the art classroom.
Measure the effect of SEL frameworks and competencies on student achievement metrics at the various developmental levels.
Create and maintain safe classroom environments where students feel empowered to express themselves, take risks in learning, and develop social-emotional skills.
Facilitate student engagement and respectful debate on difficult topics through the arts.
Analyze various SEL competencies and frameworks.
Examine how the modern classroom application of SEL affects student self-esteem and sense of community.
Child Growth and Development in Art Education, Interventions
Investigate trends in current child growth and development in art education.
Propose a classroom intervention related to self-management.
Creating Safe Classroom Environments
Develop teaching materials for fostering relationship skills in students.
Create an instructional tool for creating a safe environment.
Develop an understanding of different metrics and assessment measures for SEL.
Strategize ways to encourage self-awareness and relevant personal competencies in the K-12 classroom.
Art for Difficult Conversations
Develop an interactive experience centered around facilitating and/or supporting student conversations on difficult topics.
Interpret themes of social awareness, in addition to the best practices for integrating them into the art curriculum.
Design a classroom management tool that guides responsible-decision making for the entire art classroom.
Evaluate personal classroom management styles, as they relate to social-emotional learning frameworks.
Whole Child Instruction
Engage in a qualitative inquiry to demonstrate understanding of children and adolescents' social-emotional, cultural, and artistic development.
Create a workshop or learning unit based on this qualitative inquiry.
Review how SEL might positively impact your classroom.
Produce a comprehensive portfolio.
Design an Interactive Experience for Difficult Conversations in the Arts
Identify what conversations the interactive experience will support. You may choose a general subject, like grief, or a specific one, like a natural disaster that has affected your community.
Identify your audience. You could design this interactive experience for art educators, for students, for community leaders at your school, or another group.
3. Practical Application
Determine the design of your interactive experience. It could take the shape of a website, an interactive webpage, a toolkit, a handbook, a brochure, a video, or something else.
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